Erasmus House and Gardens

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Erasmus House and Gardens

Just a stone’s throw from the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guy, “Swan” house, the former 16th century home of Canon Wychman, a friend of Erasmus, still stands today, with its handsome Gothic brick and white stone façades pierced by mullioned windows. In 1932, a museum was created in the building dedicated to the famous philosopher, who stayed there in 1521. Inside, period furniture, a collection of old paintings and a library filled with ancient editions recreates an atmosphere with which Erasmus himself would have been happy. In 1987, the landscape architect René Péchère was commissioned to design a medicinal plant garden. He came up with the idea of creating a botanical portrait of Erasmus. He selected almost one hundred plants known at the time of the great humanist in order to develop this elegant garden. Inspired by the Cruydeboeck book of herbs by Rembert Dodoens, the garden contains a collection of medicinal plants worthy of the best herbalist. Hidden away nearby is a philosophical garden designed by Benoît Fondu, who took his inspiration directly from the text “The Religious Banquet”, written by Erasmus after his stay in Anderlecht. This area, nestled in the vegetation, is home to a series of “philosophical chambers” created by contemporary artists. (Listed 25/120/1938)

Practical information

  • Rue de Formanoir/de Formanoirstraat 31
    1070 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 18h00
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      Saint-Guidon/Sint-Guido
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      Saint-Guidon/Sint-Guido
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      Saint-Guidon/Sint-Guido